Medicine: Labor Saver

A woman's uterus begins contracting three months before she is born. It ceases to pulsate only when her ability to bear children ceases. During that long period she becomes aware of her internal throbbing only when she is quick with child. The sensation becomes uncomfortable only as the woman's term nears its end. The end of pregnancy is, for the average woman with her first child, 18 hours of painful ordeal—16 hours during which her child struggles from its nest, 1 hour 45 minutes while it wriggles into independent existence, and 15...

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